I'm giving this five stars, not be cause I agree with everything the author has to say. Some of his analysis is hard to accept, his assertions not basI'm giving this five stars, not be cause I agree with everything the author has to say. Some of his analysis is hard to accept, his assertions not based on anything but obvious bias, some of his prescriptions for correcting what he sees as catastrophic failures unrealistic.
However, Scheuer does succeed in making one think, to question commonly held beliefs (e.g., that we need to support Israel no matter what) and to try and get a more realistic view of what our Islamic enemies are after (at least in the short-term; Scheuer does not seem to have a very long-term idea of the threat Islam poses to the West and does not want to place the current conflict in the context of the 1300-year-old war between Islam and the rest of the world). He also rightly points out that America's main problem is a leadership class so enamored with it's own goodness and moral and intellectual greatness that it fails time and again to actually act in America's best interest (and, for those of a partisan bent, Scheuer plays no favorites; Republicans and Democrats are equally reviled).
I recommend reading it, but pausing often to ponder what Scheuer has to say. Even if you wind up disagreeing with everything in the book, at least it will serve what I think his primary purpose is - to get Americans thinking about our role in the world and how our leaders have come very close to destroying our country....more